Have you ever been out hiking in the woods and gotten lost? It’s a terrible feeling. The problem with being lost in the woods is that you are lost before you realize you are lost. It is only at the realization of being lost that first, you become concerned and second, you attempt to do something about it.
The Scriptures teach that a person is spiritually lost when they have not experienced the new spiritual birth through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3, NKJV). The apostles Peter and John said this about the necessity of Jesus Christ for salvation, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV). That rules out any other way for the spiritually lost to become found.
One of the great issues with those who are without Christ is that they do not know they are lost. Just like walking through the woods and not realizing you are off track, most people today do not know they are in eternal jeopardy. This is why we need to engage them in spiritual conversations. Get them to articulate what they believe. If they believe something that is not according to the Bible, ask them where they came up with that belief. Your conversation, while it may not immediately convince them to turn to Christ, it should cause them to think about their beliefs and if these beliefs are valid. The next thing you do then is ask permission to share what the Bible has to say about the matter. Ask, “Would you mind if I shared with you what the Bible says about this?” You’re not at this point asking them to believe it, but you are asking them to listen and evaluate it.
But why go to all this trouble? We do it because of their fate. If we really believe Jesus is the only Savior, and we do, then logically we should do all that we can to bring the ones to love to see that Savior and accept him. That is what love does.
Here’s how the Bible describes those without Christ.
- Dead in transgressions and sins – Ephesians 2:1
- Objects of divine wrath – Ephesians 2:3
- Separated from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel, strangers to the covenant of promise, without hope and without God in the world – Ephesians 2:12.
- A sinful mind that leads to death, hostile to God, and controlled by the sinful nature – Romans 8:6-7
- God’s wrath is upon them – John 3:36.
- They will be separated from God and heaven for all eternity – Matthew 13:49-50.
This is their state before God. It doesn’t matter how much money they have. It doesn’t matter how they look or how much other success they may achieve. A person can have all that the world offers and calls good, but without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ, they will be lost in this life and then lost forever in eternity. So what if someone makes it to the top of the ladder. If it’s the wrong ladder they have wasted their life.
Someone may have brought you the gospel of Christ and you accepted it. For your sake and for the sake of those around us, we to ponder the dangerous and tragic fate of those who live and die without Christ. Love should motivate us to do all we can to bring them to Christ.